The Governor of the State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has expressed fear that the nation is teetering on the brink of disintegration.
Aregbesola disclosed this weekend in Osogbo at a dinner the government organised in honour of the newly elected President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Femi Adesina, and other executive members of the association.
The governor stated that unless the Federal Government urgently takes some concrete steps, the nation my collapse.
The basis for such palpable fear, Aregbesola said, hinges on the protracted unrest in virtually all the regions of the country.
According to him, anyone with the interest of the country at heart would certainly know that it (Nigeria) is at present closer to failure than success as a nation.
He averred that rather than address the fundamental causes of the crisis, the Federal Government is only scratching them on the surface.
“I am particularly worried about the fate of this nation today. Nigeria is very close to being a failed state than being successful.
“A nation can only remain indivisible and hold itself together when people charged with responsibilities refuse to shirk in the dispensation of such responsibilities.
“Crises manifest in different ways but the real causes of the nation’s abnormalities have not been addressed.
“It is not enough to tag the insurgency in the South as militancy or youth unrest and the one up North as religious crisis or Islamic fundamentalism, rather the utmost thing needed is solutions to all these unrests,” Aregbesola said.
He therefore charged the media, which is the source of information to the people, to practice developmental journalism.
He said through this brand of journalism, it will interest all stakeholders where the nation is going.
By this, the governor averred that media managers will stimulate the people for effective civic responsibilities that will change our attitudes.
He continued: “Media should challenge the leaders and wake them up to their responsibilities. I want you to use your medium to also correct the bad impressions created for our state. All these are borne out of rumour mongering.”
In his remark earlier, the President of the Guild, Mr. Femi Adesina, noted that the good work the governor is doing is currently manifesting across the state.
He said the Guild of Editors and the entire media will always support and cooperate with a government that stands for the people like that of Aregbesola.
“We will always cooperate with any government that stands for the people: we will support any government that works with the people.
“We will cooperate with any government that serves the people; give them dividends of democracy and put smile on their faces like you are doing,” Adesina said.
Thanking the Governor and the entire members of the executive council for the reception, a member of the executive council of the Guild who is also the Editor, Sunday SUN, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said the gesture showed the hospitality for which the state is reputed and the good works of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.